One way that companies build in redundancy against line losses is by ordering diverse T1 service. In other words, they order two lines from two different providers. The only problem with that is the bundle of twisted pair copper leaving their premises is owned by the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC). All those wires travel together right into the same central office. Chances are that when one line is severed in a local mishap, they all are.
Cbeyond, an innovative company in IT and communications services, has a better idea. They offer T1 line service with a wireless backup option. The way it works is that your normal bandwidth is supplied through the T1 at 1.5 Mbps for both upload and download. If that connection is lost for any reason, your broadband service instantly transfers to a wireless broadband connection using a cellular provider aircard. While using that channel, you’ll have typically 600 Kbps to 1.1 Mbps download speed and 400 to 800 Kbps upload speed. That should keep you going for the few hours that it typically takes to repair a T1 connection.
You might rig up something like this yourself using a MiFi or wireless modem aircard that you can get from any of the cellular carriers. The difference with Cbeyond’s line backup service is that it offers an automatic failover. You don’t have to notice there is a problem and then bring on another service. Cbeyond keeps your same IP address for both the wired and wireless connection. They can do that because the switchover is accomplished in their network cloud. You also have unlimited data capability while on the wireless backup. Most wireless carriers won’t even sell you an unlimited plan anymore.
One more advantage of the T1 wireless line backup from Cbeyond is that it will cost you less to add this option than go out and contract for a separate wireless service to make your own backup.
Cbeyond is an Atlanta company that serves Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit, San Francisco, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle and Washington, DC. If you are within their service footprint, you can benefit from their extensive suite of business communications services. Those include local, long distance and international phone service, plus mobile phones. In addition to voice and broadband, Cbeyond offers messaging and collaboration, data backup and security, and virtual and dedicated cloud servers. Their Multinet MPLS service securely connects branch offices, customers, employees and suppliers on one virtual network.
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